Audi is using this year’s SEMA show to debut technology that may change the way commuters charge their cell phones while driving to work.
The wireless charger can charge the batteries of personal communication devices without the use of a cable, cord, or adapter. Developed in conjunction with Audi Electronics Research Lab, Qualcomm Incorporated, and Peiker, the device will power cell phones and PDAs that are within reach of the driver. The Audi audio system, as well as the phone or PDA being charged, will display charging status.
Wireless charging devices have been coming to market for home and office use over the past year, but Audi’s expansion of the market into the automotive world is the first of its type that we’ve yet seen.
Other “After Sales” Audi products at SEMA include illuminated floor mats, an iPhone car monitor, and an iPod satellite adapter. Audi says this has been a record year for parts and accessories and, we’re guessing, iPhone and iPod accessories will only help increase sales.
“The Audi experience is one that continues to evolve, even as owners discover new ways to enjoy their vehicle and integrate its benefits into their lifestyle. We’re very pleased to introduce one more example of that with the hassle-free wireless charger,” said David Tait, Audi of America lead After Sales executive.
If Audi were to bring the wireless charger to dealerships today, how much would you be willing to pay? And be sure to keep an eye on all our SEMA coverage this week, including the Stasis-tuned R8 Spyder.